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July 22 2017, 10:44 | Perry Erickson
Mallex Smith wasn't a Braves star by any means but still provided a spark on the basepaths that could be missed
The Braves fell to 23-29 on Opening Day since moving to Atlanta in 1966.
The Braves surely aren't going to be this bad all year, but they're off to a tiny bit of a stumble out of the gates after Game 1.
Robles, Salas, Gsellman, Conforto on the bench, Bruce hitting sixth and Duda seventh provided a first-day snapshot of the volume and value of the Met chorus. And when his name finally was called during pregame introductions Monday - shortly after former Mets R.A. Dickey and Anthony Recker - the cheers were so loud, and went on for so long, that Colon was obliged to doff his cap at the crowd. If there's a silver lining to this early test of the organization's pitching depth, it's that they had so much to begin with, so the current roster is still stocked with high-quality starters.
The good news for the Mets is that Syndergaard - the right-handed ace who uncorked 92 mph sinkers, 94 mph sliders and 98 mph fastballs while allowing five hits and no walks and striking out seven - should be fine after a blister popped on his right middle finger. But once he was lifted after 96 pitches, NY took advantage of five walks by a shaky Braves bullpen in a six-run bottom of the seventh that lasted 35 minutes.
Syndergaard would have likely only pitched one more inning anyway had his pitch count rose near the 100 mark.
Fantasy Impact When Teheran left after six, it was a scoreless game and he would not have factored in the decision, regardless of how things would turn out.
But replays showed catcher Tyler Flowers was in poor position when he took the throw behind the plate, allowing Flores to touch the front corner with his foot before getting tagged. This appeared to turn what was a almost ideal throw from Inciarte into a stretch to attempt to tag the runner.
Every day from now until the end of the season I will do my best to provide links to either watch or listen live to all Major League Baseball games. Chaz Roe saw one batter, walked the batter, and exited in favor of Eric O'Flaherty. Here are some of my observations after watching this team play a meaningful game up close and personal for the first time in over six months. Reyes made it 2-0 with a sacrifice fly followed by back-to-back walks to Neil Walker and Jay Bruce, the latter forcing in another run to bring the Mets lead to 3-0. Duda drove in three with a double in the left-center field gap.
With slugger Yoenis Cespedes and nearly the entire team back following an injury-riddled season, expectations could not be much higher for the Mets.
Atlanta's offense got runners on second and third in the top of the ninth with hits from Freeman and Kemp, but Freeman failed to break for home on a bunt, hanging up Kemp between bases, and the game ended in a 6-0 shutout.
The Mets have an off day on Tuesday, and will be back in action on Wednesday night for game 2 of this opening series against the Braves.